Saturday, May 12

Reading Online: Slate Magazine

Besides talking about Pop!: Why Bubbles Are Great For The Economy(which has merit on its own), Daniel Gross makes a candid observation on WALLStrip about writing for an online publication like Slate Magazine: readers tend to change with each article unlike subscriber-based print magazines.




I wanted to pull this sidebar conversation out from the video interview because I've noticed the same thing. Online publications and blogs do seem to read differently; readers who are looking for specific content vs. daily or monthly readers looking for general content. For example, in the interview, Gross notes that if he writes an article about the fishing industry, he tends to get more readers from the fishing industry. It makes sense.

The point is valid, but I want to expand on it. I wonder if the same isn't really true for print publications, but we just don't notice. For example, when we co-owned and managed a concierge and hospitality trade publication called Key News * Las Vegas, subscribers tended to browse the publication and only focus in on the specific content they found worthwhile. But, I only knew that based on qualitative research. Online, it's much more apparent because of analytics.

This is interesting to me because some bloggers write about having a low number of regular readers. However, it also seems that while regular readers are valued, they might play a smaller role in the success of an online publication. And if that is true, it might make bloggers think twice about each post because the value of each post becomes more important.

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1 comments:

Rich on 5/14/07, 3:09 PM said...

Famous Generalizations:

"What is it that attracts Millennials to characteristics like social currency and user control? Here's one hypothesis: Millennials may be the epitome of a generation that largely can be described as having had a latch-key childhood. Frequently left to fend for themselves, they're used to being in control. It is not surprising that, when faced with media choices they would gravitate toward media they can control." — TV Week, which also notes a change in how people subscribe to and use information

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